Scott Rechler Doesn’t Want a View of the Coliseum

Kevin Schultz

Yesterday morning, Crain’s broke down the race for the Nassau Coliseum between the Madison Square Garden/Rechler bid and the Forest City proposal. It’s a good read but doesn’t delve deeply into the bids; it focuses more on the people and businesses behind the bids.

One interesting note that is new from the article is that Scott Rechler doesn’t want to look at the Coliseum. So much so, that he re-designed his office in the RXR Plaza across Hempstead turnpike to face away from the arena. Rechler was once a partner on the Lighthouse Project, and now joins James Dolan and MSG’s bid to revamp the property. From Crain’s:

Despite their myriad differences, both contenders readily agree on one thing: The Coliseum is an eyesore. It is so bad, in fact, that Mr. Rechler, whose development company, RXR, is headquartered directly across Hempstead Turnpike from the arena, went to great lengths to avoid having to look at the thing. When he was moving into his office, he had the original plans ripped up so that his own office faced out the opposite side of the building. The switch added two months to the build-out process, but now it is the company’s cafeteria that has the view of the Coliseum.

“If we win, I might just be tempted to switch it back,” Mr. Rechler said.

A decision on which group will win the Coliseum bid is expected this month from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.